Adebayor felt his first Palace goal gave his side 'a lift'

Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first Crystal Palace goal in the 2-1 defeat to Watford and claims his effort lifted his teammates

Adebayor felt his first Palace goal gave his side 'a lift'
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Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first goal for his new side on Saturday and believes it gave the team a much needed lift, despite the 2-1 defeat to London rivals Watford.

Adebayor was Alan Pardew’s only signing of the January transfer window and was specifically added to the squad as a solution to a shocking goal drought from Palace’s forwards.

Before Adebayor's superb header a minute before half-time, not a single Palace striker had registered a Premier League goal from open play since last season, and the former Arsenal man believes his equaliser took some weight off the shoulders of his teammates.

Adebayor scored his first Palace goal against Watford on Saturday | Photo: Getty images/Julian Finney
Adebayor scored his first Palace goal against Watford on Saturday | Photo: Getty images/Julian Finney

Poor first-half sees Palace lucky to be on level terms at half-time

He said, “it’s important to score goals and mine lifted the team a little bit.”

Palace had been below-par in a first-half which saw them go a goal down through Troy Deeney’s early penalty, but Adebayor’s goal towards the end of the half restored a sense of belief among a subdued Selhurst Park crowd.

Pardew’s side could have fallen further behind after the opening goal had it not been for heroic goalkeeping from Wayne Hennessey to deny Nordin Amrabat and Deeney, but The Eagles were spurred on by the equaliser and responded well in the second-half. Palace could have even gone on to win the game after carving out several chances, in particular for Jordon Mutch and Adebayor himself.

Deeney winner was against the run of play, but Palace have a chance to redeem themselves against Spurs

However, Deeney fired home a second Watford goal against the run of play with just seven minutes remaining to condemn Palace to their ninth winless league game on the bounce.

Adebayor admitted that the first-half performance against The Hornets was a “disaster”, despite still being on level terms at the break, but claimed Palace’s second-half display was “much better”, while also stating that he felt his side deserved “at least a point.”

An FA Cup tie on Sunday against Adebayor’s former club, Tottenham Hotspur, produces a fine opportunity for Palace to put their league form to one side as they go in quest of a place in the sixth round of the competition.